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guilty plea Suspended sentence for A&E patient who shouted racial slurs at staff in city hospital


Christina Foley also hurled abuse at paramedics and patients

Christina Foley also hurled abuse at paramedics and patients

Christina Foley also hurled abuse at paramedics and patients

A MOTHER used "racial slurs" toward hospital staff when she was taken to an emergency department for treatment.

Christina Foley (33) also hurled insults at paramedics who brought her in the ambulance.

Judge Bryan Smyth gave her a two-month suspended sentence.

Foley, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to public intoxication, threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and garda obstruction.

Dublin District Court heard the offences happened at the Mater Hospital and Store Street last November 11.

The accused was found intoxicated and shouting at a man standing outside Busáras, "swinging her arms around violently in the air".

She had very bad cuts to her left arm and was taken in an ambulance to hospital.

Foley was abusive to members of Dublin Fire Brigade and used "racial slurs" towards staff in the Mater.

She was also verbally abusive to other patients.

Foley had a letter from the hostel she was staying at, describing her as an "engaging resident", her barrister Donal Pattison said.

When Foley was shown the summary of garda evidence, she was appalled at her behaviour and she said "that is not me".

She had been getting some intimidation at a previous hostel, Mr Pattison said.

Judge Smyth said that did not justify her abusing hospital staff, which "wasn't very pleasant".

He suspended the two-month sentence for a year.

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